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Timely Tech - Monthly Themed Technology Activities

Timely Tech - Monthly Themed Technology Activities



Timely Tech is designed to help your students build tech skills while incorporating monthly themed digital  activities.
When I teach my students with monthly themed activities that bring in the other subject areas, I find that they are more engaged and empowered to learn. Take a look at this video walk-through of the whole resource for November to see if it is something you think could help your students. 

How to use Timely Tech

Each month there are between 20-30 themed activities provided for your K-5 students. 
In the Google Slides file you will find activities for every grade level K-5. I didn’t split them up because I want to leave that decision up to you based on your student needs.
Here is an idea of how you might separate these activities by grade levels (this example comes from the November Themed set:
K/1: Alphabet click and drag, 10 frames, Patterns, Word families, Build the turkey, Match the Halves
K/1: Alphabet click and drag, 10 frames, Patterns, Word families, Build the turkey, Match the Halves

2/3: Make new words, ABC order, Pixel Art, Gratitude list typing, Shapes Cornucopia, Thanksgiving Favorites
2/3: Make new words, ABC order, Pixel Art, Gratitude list typing, Shapes Cornucopia, Thanksgiving Favorites

4/5: Decoding, Editing spelling errors, Search, Text vs. Email, Thankful ABCs, IF/THEN/ELSE, Coding, Timeline, Acrostic Poem


4/5: Decoding, Editing spelling errors, Search, Text vs. Email, Thankful ABCs, IF/THEN/ELSE, Coding, Timeline, Acrostic Poem


What I recommend:

-Make a copy of the original file for each grade level
-Take out the slides you don’t need
-Rename each file for the grade level you’ll use it with
-Send through Google Classroom or download and use as a PowerPoint file
Jennifer said: March is a long month and I wanted something fun that integrated tech skills for all grade levels.
Erin said: This resource perfectly ties together grade-level standards and technology skills - great for a computer lab or the regular classroom!
Erin added the tip: I divided up the slides I want the kids to complete, and then I left in some extra slides for early finishers. I just put a blank slide to separate what is required and what is option. (If slides 1-10 are required then slide 11 is blank, and the slides after that are optional.) It's an easy visual for the kids to remember which ones are required. No matter how many times I told them or wrote it on the board, I still got the same question over and over.
Elizabeth said: My students were able to use google slides effectively while they typed, click and drag, and practiced content skills from their grade level.

ISTE Standards Addressed:

1d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
2b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
3a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
5d Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

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ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom Integrating technology into your English Language Arts curriculum has never been easier with all the digital tools available for low or no cost. Go beyond substitution (just typing text or reading ebooks) with these highly interactive tools that will redefine learning in your ELA classroom this fall!

Primary Grades

Write About This 

 Write About This is a platform that generates visual writing prompts and allows students to create their own prompts or respond to generated prompts on the site or app. There are 375 prompts, and students can create even more to inspire creative writers in their class. Photographs are used as a way to inspire writing, and students will love to take their own pictures to create custom photo prompts for the class. Use as a full assignment or as a quick write bellringer to start the class or inspire discussion. The app is perfect for primary grades and beginning writers. Available on GooglePlay and the App Store for $2.99-$3.99, there is also a free version that works well and allows students to use most features.

 Try some Thanksgiving writing prompts for November to write about gratitude or acts of kindness. These are perfect to share with parents and the school community.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Reading Rainbow Skybrary 

 Share the magic of Reading Rainbow with your students that we had as children. Video field trips with Levar Burton, hundreds of digital books to read (which students can hear read by fluent readers or read on their own), games, animations, lesson plans, and parent or teacher dashboards to track student reading make this app an A+ for students in grades K-3. Subscriptions are $4.99 a month or $39.99 per year, but Skybrary does offer a Title One program. Schools that qualify can receive a free classroom subscription. Check out a title like Thank You, Miss Doover where Jack’s teacher instructs the children on how to write thank you notes.

Incorporate into a Thanksgiving or gratitude lesson this month.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Storybird 

 Art inspires writing with this amazing digital platform. Students view gorgeous illustrations and can pull them into their own digital books as they write their own powerful stories filled with voice. Created books are also housed online to allow students to read and explore beautifully illustrated writing. Students are encouraged to share their own stories on this safe, unique platform. Storybird is also free, so you can view, create, and assign online. In addition, Storybird also uses its platform to allow users to create bound books, journals, and even phone cases of their creations (for a cost).

 November 4th is Book Lovers’ Day! Although this little known National holiday falls on a Saturday, your students can create and share their love of reading and books all month long.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

Seesaw 

 Seesaw can be used in all content areas, but in this student-driven portfolio is particularly powerful in Language Arts. Students (and teachers) can upload student video to show reading fluency and even story creation. Parents gain access and can see what’s happening in class via videos and pictures. Teachers will love the conversations Seesaw will facilitate with parents. Knowing what their child is learning and watching their growth via video in an easy, safe format (parents must have codes to view their child’s class) is the next best thing to being there.

 Try this: Have your students write gratitude poems for their parents or loved ones and record videos of their presentations before Thanksgiving break.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


Intermediate Grades

Kahoot 

 Kahoot is an online quiz platform where students reply in real-time in a competitive environment. Responses are coded by hitting the correct answer (colored shape that corresponds to the answer on a large screen) on the device. Faster, correct responses earn more points. Create your own Kahoot quizzes or use some of the thousands already created and shared by other educators. It’s all free! Check out quizzes to review grammar, common core or state tests, figurative language, root words, and more. Perhaps you’ve used Kahoot to review with students in the classroom, but have you tried letting students create their own quizzes with Kahoot? Creation is such a powerful part of this platform. Allowing students to review by asking questions and presenting them in groups or to the entire class can help facilitate deeper learning.

 Read some articles about Veterans and patriotism during the month of November for Veteran’s Day. Have the students create their own Kahoots to review the concepts and vocabulary in their reading.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 EasyBib 

 Teaching our students to avoid plagiarism and cite all sources becomes even more imperative in intermediate grades. Gone are the days, however, of memorizing punctuation marks and spaces for various types of citations. EasyBib makes it simple to generate bibliography or works cited pages for any format. Traditionally, most intermediate grades use MLA citation. Type in a website, book, or database (among dozens of other options), and the citation is generated automatically. Make sure to let your students know how difficult this was 15 years ago!

 Celebrate November 15, National Philanthropy Day, by having students research charitable causes, and practice citing their resources using EasyBib for a short, mini research project.
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

 DebateGraph 

 Collaboration, speaking, and sharing viewpoints are standards in ELA. DebateGraph is an online tool that helps students contribute to and create maps on virtually any topic imaginable. Pose a question for your students from literature or have them dissect articles involving current events. Maps can be embedded into websites, and many organizations such as CNN, the White House, and the UK Prime Minister’s Office use and create DebateGraphs to collect resources and opinions. This unique tool can be used in English or Debate classes to formulate arguments.

Check out current events this November and incorporate the tools into debate lessons. 
ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November


There are so many ELA digital tools to use in the classroom from writing to reading and collaboration. Many sites and applications also give a parental component to bridge the gap from the classroom to the home. Try some of these ELA digital tools to enhance your curriculum this month and challenge your students to redefine their learning.

ELA Digital Tools to Use in the Classroom with Ideas for November

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5 Tips for Staying Current with Technology Instructional Practices

5 Tips for Staying Current with Technology Instructional Practices


There is always more information out there than there is time to read, am I right? Technology changes so quickly these days! I try to stay on top of the newest websites and apps that might be relevant to teaching technology, but it isn't always easy.
This post is the beginning of a series on professional learning for Technology Teachers. My goal is to discuss how technology education is changing and how teachers can stay informed about the changes. I'm using the ISTE Educator Standards to guide the conversation.

Teachers as Lifelong Learners

There is always more information out there than there is time to read, am I right? Technology changes so quickly these days! I try to stay on top of the newest websites and apps that might be relevant to teaching technology, but it isn't always easy. One of my favorite resources for this is other technology teachers. I started a community on Facebook in January of 2016 and it has grown into the best professional learning communities out there. Want to join us? Request access at technologyteachertribe.com and learn from over 20,000 other educators!

One of the questions that comes up when thinking about being lifelong learners is how to take the knowledge from theory to practice. I have 5 tips to help with the transition. 

1. Set clear and specific goals for applying new learning to your teaching practice. Would it be too much to ask yourself to find and try one new technology teaching tool each month? This might happen by reading instructional technology magazines or blogs to gather resources, choosing one tech tool you want to try, and then creating a lesson plan and activity to implement with your students. 

2. Find a reliable online resource to search for new ideas for teaching with technology. I mentioned finding online magazines and blogs. Here are a few of my go-to resources. 
a. www.brittanywashburn.com (yes that is this blog). I have several blog posts with curated digital resources that you could try with your students with very little prep. It is a good place to start. 
b. http://www.techlearning.com/  has a great website with access to their current and archived digital magazines. They test and review new products that come into the technology teaching field and write about current instructional practices. Best of all is that it is free!
c. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ gives you the ability to search for digital resources that are already reviewed for their educational value, positive messaging, and consumerism (ads). You can filter by websites and/or apps to find great teaching resources. 

3. Engage in action research and reflect on how the outcomes apply to and reflect continuous improvement cycles related to learning and technology implementation. Whether you decide to do your own classroom research, or do something more formal, the important part of this tip is that you're reflective. 
  • Did the activity enhance student learning via the use of technology, or was technology just a paperless replacement for a standard educational activity? 
  • Would you do the activity differently in the future? 
  • Are you going to share the digital tool and your results with others?
  • Were your students engaged?

4. Think of a topic you struggle teaching and explore using new pedagogical strategies that use technology. This is where being part of a professional learning community is really valuable. You can post your topic to the group and get dozens of different perspectives and tips. If multiple people have tried the same tool and it was effective, you can feel confident enough to try it with your students and expect similar results. A great example of this is classroom management. There are so many tools out there now that incorporate digital components like class dojo and classcraft. Gather information on the tools and choose one to try out in the classroom. 

5. Play with something with your students and don't be afraid to fail; turn it into a learning opportunity. This is my favorite tip. I'm going to tell a personal story for this one. My 2nd year teaching in the tech lab we had a schedule change that meant that I would see 4th and 5th grade students twice a week for one quarter. I had to think of a special project for this second day because I didn't want it to mess up my regular tech lesson schedule. This was a few years ago before coding was the cool thing to teach in the classroom. I found a great workbook for teaching Scratch and decided to use it for these classes. I had no idea about coding, let alone using a visual programming tool like Scratch. I had to learn how to code right along with my students. We learned quickly what did NOT work, but that lead us in the direction to figure out what did work. It was such a great learning opportunity for both my students and myself when I wasn't really able to troubleshoot their problems any better than they could do themselves. You could hear a pin drop in my lab on the days we did Scratch. They were so into it! So the moral of the story is to play and learn right along with your students. 

It might be time to also start thinking about how you can help the other educators at your school or in your district to embrace these ideas. Could you share classroom research you've completed? Show them new tech tools? Encourage your students to show their classroom teachers what they have learned in the lab? Share this blog post with them to get the conversation started.

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There is always more information out there than there is time to read, am I right? Technology changes so quickly these days! I try to stay on top of the newest websites and apps that might be relevant to teaching technology, but it isn't always easy.

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Types of Technology in the Classroom

Types of Technology in the Classroom


Whenever wе think оf а classroom, аll wе саn imagine іѕ а teacher аnd students, whеrе а teacher іѕ lecturing students аnd students аrе taking down thе notes. It comes tо оur mind naturally bесаuѕе wе аll studied іn thаt manner. But thе scenario has changed today аѕ many schools аrе incorporating technology іn thе classroom thаt іѕ making thе learning process more effective аnd more entertaining.

We're going back to the basics today!

Whenever wе think оf а classroom, аll wе саn imagine іѕ а teacher аnd students, whеrе а teacher іѕ lecturing students аnd students аrе taking down thе notes. It comes tо оur mind naturally bесаuѕе wе аll studied іn thаt manner. But thе scenario has changed today аѕ many schools аrе incorporating technology іn thе classroom thаt іѕ making thе learning process more effective аnd more entertaining. Thе different аnd easy types оf technology makes education аnd learning а fun experience fоr children.

Technology Used іn Classrooms

Given bеlоw аrе ѕоmе оf thе most basic types оf technology tо uѕе іn thе classroom thаt wоuld help уоu understand thе importance оf technology іn thе classroom thаt іѕ appreciated bу many teachers. In my opinion, these are the bare minimum for a technology teacher's classroom. 
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